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Inti Raymi - Festival of the Sun

Peru

All about the tour

Itinerary

14th June: Arrival at Lima

Upon arrival in Lima, you will be greeted by our local representative and will board a comfortable vehicle to be taken to the hotel. The approximate duration of transfer is one hour. Upon arrival, accommodation at selected hotel. Overnight stay in Lima.

15th June: Lima

After brekfast at the arranged time, we will drive along the main streets, plazas and avenues of the city. We will start at the “Parque del Amor” in Miraflores with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Then, we will have a panoramic view of Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial center the ancient Lima culture; and San Isidro, the financial center of the city. We will then continue to the Main Square, where we will find the Government Palace and the City Hall. We will visit the Cathedral and explore the Santo Domingo Convent, along which corridors San Martin de Porres and Santa Rosa de Lima used to walk around in 17th century, and where their remains rest today. Then we will continue until the house Aliaga, place where we will unveil the secrets of this traditional family with 17 generations. Total tour duration: up to 4 hours. Stop for buffet lunch at local restaurant with Pacific Ocean view. In the afternoon we will visit Larco Museum, an 18th century mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th century. We will find here treasures that have been exhibited in the most prestigious museums in the world; these treasures are organized by techniques. The gold exhibition, the marvelous colonial house built on top of a pre-Columbian pyramid and the famous collection of erotic pottery make Larco Museum one of the most visited tourist attractions of Peru and an icon recognized worldwide. Total tour duration: up to 3 hours. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Lima.

16th June: Lima - Paracas

Early breakfast pick up from your hotel at 07:00 and departure to Pisco airport by private transportation (up to 3.5 hours). After check in process, we will start flying over the wonderful Ocucaje Valley, where the mountains keep the 150-million-year-old marine fossil remains. Then we will continue to Santa Cruz, Palpa, Viscas and Ingenio Valleys, development sites of Paracas and Nasca cultures (800 BC - AD 700). We also will see the peculiar Nasca Lines, recognizing the Monkey, Dog, Condor, Spider, Hummingbird, among other geoglyphs. Approximate duration of flight is 1 hour and 40 minutes (shared service, doesn´t include an assistance on board). After the flight transfer to Paracas (up to 30 minutes). Arrival and accommodation at the hotel near Pacific Ocean. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay in Paracas.

17th June: Paracas - Lima

After breakfast in the morning, transfer to the peer where we will embark on a shared boat tour to the Ballestas Islands. The “Chandelier” a giant figure marked in the sand in the style of the Nazca lines can also be seen on our way to the islands. On the islands you will be able to observe sea lions, pelicans, Humboldt penguins and other sea birds. Total tour duration: up to 2 hours. Return to the hotel. At the arranged time, return to Lima (up to 4 hours). Overnight stay in Lima.

18th June: Lima - Puerto Maldonado

After breakfast at the arranged time, transfer to the airport to board the flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon your arrival in Puerto Maldonado, Peru´s Capital City of Biodiversity, we will welcome you at the airport. Then, we´ll start our program with a visit around the city, on a bus. Afterwards, we will go to Puerto Capitanía, the port where our riverboat will be waiting for us. We will sail across Rio Bajo Madre de Dios (Winding River) until arriving at our lodge, 30 km away from Puerto Maldonado City. On our way, you will be able to observe rural lands destined to agricultural and livestock activities near the city. If the weather is good, you will sight colorful plants like the large-flowered heliconias, and you will have the chance to observe diverse animals such as the capybaras, caimans, water turtles, herons, cormorants, carrion birds and birds of prey. Upon the arrival in our lodge, you will be welcomed with delicious Amazon tropical fruit nectars and taken to your comfortable room (bungalow) reserved for the occasion. Once you are settled in the room, a hearty lunch will be served for you in our warm, rustically designed dining room. Arriving at the Ecoamazonia Lodge, we will enjoy an exquisite welcome drink and get settled in our bungalows. In the afternoon, our specialized guide will take you through an interpretive trail, conveniently signposted, to Caiman Cocha, a little lagoon where you will have the chance to observe the black caiman and the common caiman, as well as efficient predators located at the top of the food chain. They feed on a rich water fauna—mainly represented by fish— that inhabits the pond. At dusk, you will witness the spectacular sunset over the Amazon region, an experience full of color in overwhelming ranges and intensities. Back in the lodge, a delicious dinner will await you and you will have free time to share unforgettable moments at the bar, equipped with and excellent game room and all the drinks you can imagine. The night fauna will lull you to sleep with the melody of a huge number of bird songs and calls. Overnight stay in lodge.

19th June: Puerto Maldonado

Magic begins with birds singing from the Amazon paradise, waking up to the howler monkey calls. A hearty breakfast will provide you with the necessary energy for a morning full of new experiences. After breakfast, we will start an adventure in the virgin forest, accompanied by a local guide, we’ll go on a hike in the deep forest: we will cover very well preserved prepared trails of our interpretive tour. On our way, we will cross temporary water courses called tributaries through very well-kept bridges, and we’ll witness the widest range of flora and fauna in the wild. We’ll identify a great variety of ornamental plants with unparalleled beauty. En route to the Lost Cocha, we will see diverse species of medicinal plants and fruit trees that support the animal populations in the Amazon forest. With luck, you’ll get to see bigger mammals, like the jaguar or Peruvian jaguar, the Brazilian tapir and the white-lipped peccary; rodents like the giant otter, the capybara, the spotted paca and the armadillo; primates like the coto or howler monkey and the squirrel monkey; reptiles like the iguana and the bothrops atrox; amphibians like the toad, and birds like the guan, the partridge, the golden parakeet and the scarlet macaw. The rivers leave behind wetland systems, lakes, ponds and bends, like the spectacular Lost Cocha. Wetlands play an ecological role of great importance since they represent a substantial biological source with endemic species. They are shelter of mammals. These swamps comprise 60% of the area protected and restored by Eco Amazonia Lodge. The presence of moriche palm is very important for Amazonian ethnic groups. It is a mystery plant considered mother of the forest or the tree of life. The swamp is home of jealous guardians like the jaguar, feline considered son of the swamp; the anaconda, the world's biggest snake; the owl that sees everything from its dwelling at the top of the trees, to cure all ills, and the black caiman, guardian that punishes those that dare to steal the female moriche palm fruit. Once in Lost Cocha, we will go up to an enormous observation platform. From this lookout, you will see the enormous surface that this magic place covers and where you can see two types of swamps: thick and mixed. Then, we will take a pleasant walk around the Lost Cocha and with luck you’ll get to see the "giant otter” or Pteronurabrasiliensis, the biggest in its type and one of the most impressive animals of the Amazon region. Back in the lodge, you can enjoy an exquisite lunch. In the afternoon, you have free time to take pictures around the lodge, and you will have the possibility to visit the botanical garden and observe our medicinal plants and fruit trees or join to our specialized guide and visit the Monkey Island, few minutes away from the lodge in the center of Madre de Dios River. This island shows an enormous variety of exuberant flora and hosts numerous primate specimens like the black spider monkey, the black-cap capuchin monkey, the squirrel monkey and the lion monkey. Also other species of little mammals like the ring-tailed coati (nasua nasua), the squirrel and an enormous variety of colored birds. Finally, we will complete our visit to the island, enjoying a sunset with the most impressive dusk in the jungle. At night, you can enjoy a delicious dinner. If you are not tired, you can enjoy a fun night at the bar and game room. Overnight stay in lodge.

20th June: Puerto Maldonado - Cusco - Sacred valley

After a refreshing night sleep, the loud vocalizations produced by the supersized voice box of the howler monkey, will greet you good morning. In our dining room, a hearty breakfast will wait for you. In our dining room, a delicious breakfast will await you before going back to Puerto Maldonado to board the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, welcome reception and transfer to the Sacred Valley for better acclimatization. On the way we stop at Awanacancha complex where we will know and we can supply to Andean camelids as llamas and alpacas, in addition, local inhabitants will show us their techniques of woven and dyed of traditional textiles. We continue to the traditional market of Pisac, where we will have free time to explore and buy crafts if you dare to try something traditional, pass by the firewood ovens of bread and empanadas. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight stay in Sacred Valley.

21st June: Sacred Valley

After breakfast wewill visit the most outstanding sites of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop will be in Moray, beautiful and curious Inca archaeological complex composed of colossal concentric terraces simulating a large amphitheater. In Incas times, it served as an agricultural laboratory where diverse microclimates were recreated. Later, we will follow our way to the community of Maras, famous for its salt mines. The beauty of its more than 3000 pools contrasts with the majesty of the Valley. Stop for buffet lunch at one of the restaurants in the area. Finally, we end our tour visiting the fabulous archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo important for the Incas as a military, religious and agricultural center. We will visit the Temple of the ten windows, the bathrooms of the ñusta, the Temple of the Sun among other places of interest. The postcards from the heights of Ollantaytambo will close this magical day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Sacred Valley.

22nd June: Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After breakfast take transfer to Ollanta station to depart by Vistadome train to visit one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. We arrive at the Aguas Calientes station where our staff will assist us on walking to the station where we will board shared shuttle bus to go up the winding road to Machu Picchu, amid a spectacular view of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps and urban areas during the private tour (up to 2.5 hrs). Energy is all around us. After the tour, buffet lunch at local restaurant. At the arranged time, shared shuttle bus up down. We will take the Vistaome train back to Poroy station to be transferred to Cusco. Overnight stay in Cusco.

23rd June: Cusco

June 23rd In the morning will climb up the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, and start our excursion visiting the fortress with the same name, a beautiful place that radiates peace and quiet, where we will be able to admire the huge rocks measuring up to 4 meters high that were used in its construction. We will then head for Q'enqo, and ancient temple of the Puma, where we will be able to appreciate an altar for sacrifices in the inner part of a huge rock, and then Tambomachay, sacred fountains of life and health. On the way we will have a panoramic view from Puca Pucara, a watchtower that controlled the entrance to the city. After that we will visit the Temple of the Sun “The Korikancha”, on top of which the Saint Dominique Convent was built. A legend tells that his temple was entirely lined in gold sheets that marveled the Conquistadors upon their arrival. Finally, we will go to the Main Square and will visit the Cathedral that reassures invaluable colonial paintings and other works of art such as the Cross that arrived with the first conquerors. Total tour duration: up to 4.5 hours. Return to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay in Cusco.

24th June: Cusco, The Festival of the Sun

Aftre breakfst in the morning, we will start our journey heading to the Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun, which is the starting place of the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun. At this majestic ceremony, special tribute is paid to the Sun God, star which was worshipped since it was considered the main source of life in the Inca Empire. We will continue towards the Plaza de Armas, where you will be able to watch the entrance of the Inca and his royal entourage. Later, we will climb up to the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman to witness the central moment of the ceremony, in which various offerings and gratitude are given to the Sun God. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Cusco.

25th June: Cusco - Lima, departure

At the arranged time, transfer to the airport to board the flight to Lima. End of our services.

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What's included

Accommodation

Centrally located hand-picked hotels 3* or 4* (twin sharing)

Meals

Breakfasts at the hotels (except the day of arrival)

Lunch: Day 2, Day 5, Day 6, Day 8, Day 9

Dinner: Day 5, Day 6

Guided tours

Lima city tour

Larco Museum guided tour

A flight over Ocucaje Valley and Nasca Lines

Guided boat tour to the Ballestas Islands

Puerto Maldonado city tour

Amazon forest guided tour in Puerto Maldonado

The Sacred Valley of the Incas guided tour

Machu Picchu guided tour

The Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman guided tour

Transport

Transfers from/to the airport by a comfort class private car

Group transportation by comfortable comfort class coach

Domestic flight: Lima - Puerto Maldonado-Cusco- Lima, the price is subject to change

Support

24/7 phone/WhatsApp support line

Meet & greet by the guide at every location и farewell by the guide at every location

Travel tips online brochure

English-speaking guides

Not Included

International air tickets

Personal expenses

Beverages in meals

Early check-in and late check-out in the hotels

Tips for guides, drivers and porters / bellboys

Services not mentioned on the itinerary

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